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april_cocaine
« on: September 08, 2006 07:08:08 AM »

yay, so i finished the back and front pieces of my winter sweater, and now I'm moving on to the sleeves.

it's a stripy sweater though, so i would like the stripes to match from the body to the sleeve (does that make sense?) would it be a better idea to pick up stitches on the body and knit the sleeve from the shoulder down so i can match the stripes as i go?
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CatieD
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006 06:27:19 PM »

What I've done in the past is sew the front and back together and try the jumper on.  (If it's a raglan sleeve, you can pin the shoulder edges to a t-shirt leaving a small gap where the top of the sleeve will eventually be.)

With your arm down at your side, you'll be able to see which stripe is level with your wrist.  If the body of the jumper isn't as long as your sleeve will be, just trace the sequence of stripes onto paper and pin it to the bottom at the side.

I know exactly what I'm talking about but it's coming out as clear as mud, lol.  If I can think of a better way to describe it, I'll re-post. 
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april_cocaine
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2006 01:25:38 AM »

cheers for the tip, i'll give it a try!
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april_cocaine
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2006 02:43:24 PM »

ack...it doesn't really work, it's a drop-shoulder jumper, so there's no shaping at all.

it's really starting to annoy me lol. and i can't find any patterns with stripes and drop-shoulders so i'm guessing they don't work together?
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CatieD
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2006 03:01:33 PM »

I'm afraid the only other idea I've got is to knit plain sleeves.  I don't like drop-shoulder garments (I've got short arms and drop-shoulders make me look like I've got no arms at all, lol).

There's sure to be another knitter here who can come up with some ideas Smiley
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